Backstage Pass is a long-standing concert series in Panama City, Florida that began in a park, moved to the Marina Civic Center stage, and is now held in the Center for the Arts parking lot.
Backstage Pass grew out of the Concerts in the Park series begun in 1986, by Florida First Federal and late community leader, Roger Schadd. From 1986 to 2008, free outdoor concerts were held every summer featuring local bands.
In order to keep the series going during the recession, Backstage Pass began welcoming guests through the Backstage Door of the Marina Civic Center in 2009, and the first band was “On Call”, led by the late Hulon Crayton.
The audience would sit on the stage with the band for a truly unique experience. Tickets were $5 (and they still are), and the community embraced it from the first downbeat.
We are so happy that we can continue this wonderful tradition despite losing the Marina Civic Center in the hurricane. The concerts are now held in the parking of the Panama City Center for the Arts in the Spring and Fall.